Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.93) vs. Roy Oswalt (0-1, 4.26).
COMMENTS: What do you get when you don't take your opposing starter (and his 6.23 ERA) seriously? Or when he starts out the game by giving up two walks and a run-scoring single, takes 33 pitches to finish the inning, and stakes you to a three-run lead? Or when you bat the red-hot, MLB-leading hit streaker Matt Kemp SEVENTH in the lineup, so he's left in the on-deck circle at game's end, having watched James Loney and Russell Martin each strike out with the bases loaded?
You get a big, embarrassing loss.
We'll see if Wolf, who had one bad first inning in an otherwise decent outing last Friday, can overcome Oswalt, who looked spotty himself when we saw him pitch in the World Baseball Classic semifinals. With luck, Torre has figured out the error of his ways and elevated Kemp (who tripled with one out in the fourth, with the Dodgers down 4-3, but was left stranded on third) back in the lineup. The Astros may not be the pushover that our NL West opponents have been, but the short porch in left should provide some easy pickings for our potent bats, right (in other words, Manny shouldn't have been the only one to go yard yesterday)? Let's get cracking!